When I first started changing the way I ate, I had a really hard time with figuring out what to eat for breakfast. I had to avoid wheat and sugar so 99% of all breakfast cereals were off the list; and, bye-bye to toast in the morning, too. I had read that eggs are a good option since they provide protein to keep you full and don’t fall into any of the “no-no” categories that I had to avoid.
I decided to spice it up and make omelettes – so, I’d throw some spinach, onions and garlic and some spices in the mix. Sounds yummy, eh? BUT, after 3 weeks straight of omelettes, the thought of eating another egg made me want to throw up.
Before I became completely repulsed by eggs, I decided that on my next visit to my Naturopath that I would get some advice. She gave me the go-ahead to have oats in the morning. Huh. I thought oats were the same as wheat!? Nope. Totally different family. Who knew? So that was good news. She also recommended that I buy Ezekiel bread which is bread made of sprouted grain i.e. not processed and it’s way easier on my immune system. At least that way, she said, I’d have more options than just omelettes every morning. BARF!
The Ezekiel bread, I will discuss later on (which is AMAZING by the way, can be found in your grocer’s freezer section, in the “organics” section OR in any health food store).
Okay, back to oatmeal. Because I’m a bit of a go-getter, the very next day, I bought a bag of Robin Hood Minute Oats for less than $2.00. This product has everything that I could ever want…Cheap and easy. I’ve had it about 4 days a week since May and I’m JUST running out now, so I think that it was well worth the toonie. Just sayin’.
Here’s my oatmeal from this morning, nicely cooked. It seriously only took me a few minutes.
And while that was cooking, I mixed some ingredients in my bowl (at least I can justify the fact that I put “multi-tasking” on my resume).
I had read,too, that if you are going to have veggies or carbs, that it’s a good idea to mix it with protein in order to balance out the insulin levels (blood sugar) in your body to avoid feeling too hungry later on and to keep you pancreas working steadily. Apparently, insulin spikes are bad – they lead to light headedness, fatigue, drowsiness, weight gain, irritability etc.
Ever feel drowsy and cranky after eating too much? Kind of like you’re in a coma? That’s why. Too much sugar from the starches in your food is causing a negative reaction in your body. If you balance out your meals with enough protein, you’ll avoid these effects. Seriously, why didn’t I know this before?
So! Back to the morning oats…here is what I came up with (after a few months of experimenting):
- 1 serving of minute oats (cooked)
- 1 small handful of sliced almonds
- 3 dates chopped
- ¼ TSP ground cinnamon
- 1 TSP grated coconut
Mix these in the bowl and enjoy!
Other variants can include (though I have not tried this yet, but daydream about it):
- Pumpkin seeds
- Walnuts (okay, I lied, I have tried this and it was glorious!)
- Dried cranberries
- Agave honey (A little goes a long way, people)
- Maple Syrup (preferably pure and/or organic – or unprocessed – again, a little goes a long way)
What else tickles your fancy? Get creative!
You can also purchase pre-made granola or trail mixes at the health food store or grocery store, but read the ingredients as they often contain a lot of added sugar. Plus, most of these ingredients purchased can be used in other recipes like smoothies or salads. I am amazed by what I find out just by reading the ingredients (something I never did before). If it contains, wheat, dairy, preservatives (i.e. something I can’t pronounce) or sugar, I ditch it. NEXT!